Trip Report II: Brussels

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

Read Part I here.

Where we left off, I was finishing up work in Paris.  I had another week of work in London ahead of me, but I was missing one important thing.  What could that be . . . . oh that’s right, my husband!

Mr. P left to work in Brussels when I started my work in Paris.  I headed over to Brussels to meet him for the day and then it was on to London.

We could have just met in London, you say.  I went to Brussels because I wanted to visit again and because chocolate.  It’s that simple.

I had some lofty goals for less than 24 hours, including:

  1. Get there.
  2. Buy chocolate.
  3. Eat some frites.
  4. Buy some gifts.
  5. Eat a Belgian stew.
  6. Have some beers, namely at Delirium and not fall asleep there like I did last time.

Mission accomplished!  Usually my ambitions plans don’t pan out so well.

First order of business was lunch.  Mr. P did some homework on frites stands and as it turns out, you have to leave the touristy areas to find a good one.  Off we went on the tram!  It was worth it.  We got some great frites and sat in a park to enjoy them.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

We rode the bus to another area to visit a chocolatier recommended by Mr. P’s coworkers.  It did not disappoint.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

I’m glad we got out of the touristy area.  I was meh on Brussels before but it really charmed me this time when I got the chance to look around.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

We agreed that Brussels isn’t so much a destination city (you can see the big sights in a day) but it is a very livable city.  It’s just a notch down from the hectic idea of Paris or London but still very European.  Since we live in Oakland and not San Francisco, go figure that we’d make this assessment.

Anyway, we continued to wander.

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And wander.  This was tucked back in an alley with a few shops.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

It was definitely fall but the weather was beautiful.  Mr. P’s coworkers reminded him that the weather wasn’t normally that nice.  It’s more like Seattle except darker, he said.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

We wandered back to Grand Place so I could pick up some more candy and gifts.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

Mr. P got himself a waffle.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

Grand Place really is beautiful and the people watching is fantastic.  Last time we were there the temperature was just above freezing and it was unpleasant to be outside.  This time it was a totally different scene.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

The weather was so nice that we sat and had a beer while catching each other up on our respective weeks.  Very nice way to do “how was your day, dear?”

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

Mr. P found a great place that does Belgian classics so I could have my stew.  If you’ve ever had boeuf bourgiugnon before, this is very similar except it’s made with beer instead of wine.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

We finished off our night at Delirium, which holds the Guinness World Record for most varieties of beer commercially available.  This place is beer heaven.  Pure beer heaven.  And people watching heaven, I might add.

Last time we were here I legit fell asleep sitting up.  We’d been running ourselves into the ground traveling and I was so very tired.  I wanted to stay up and enjoy this place and was getting cranky because I didn’t want to be tired.  Just imagine a tired toddler.  I’m so glad we got to go back and have a great time.  Below is a picture of the ceiling: beer trays.

Brussels Snapshots Fall 2014 by Natalie Parker

And just like that, we were on our way again.  Brussels, you really did charm me this time.

Mr. P and I just returned from a 25-day trip to Europe (work + fun).  It’s the longest we’ve ever been away from home and I’m sharing each stop in a blog post with some of the hundreds of pictures we took.  Doing my best not to include photos already Instagrammed.  Stay tuned for London next.

Brussels Fall 2014 Snapshots by Natalie Parker

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